U. of Hartford President Booed During Grad Ceremony

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Less than two months ago, University of Hartford fans cheered the school's first-ever appearance in the NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament. By Saturday night, all that spirit seemed a distant memory.

Hartford's commencement ceremony honoring College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions graduates was noteworthy for the loud booing that greeted university president Gregory Woodward, the face of the unpopular decision to drop UHart athletics from Division I to Division III. The reaction to Woodward's appearance on stage was so disruptive that it forced him to leave the ceremony before it ended and before making his planned closing remarks.

“Commencement is an event for celebrating the years of hard work our graduates have completed and the degrees they have earned,” the university said in a statement, as reported by the Hartford Courant. “Unfortunately, some attendees chose to use this moment to focus attention elsewhere, by shouting and sharing language as they crossed the stage that has no place in any academic ceremony.

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